Lent Week 4 – Penance

Coals of fire


for self-absorption 

– many hours in the company of three-year-olds 


for carelessness 

– a year’s close study of an elder tree 

for injustice 


– giving thanks for the rain and sun 

that fall on you anyway 

for pride 


– learning to see the funny side 

of your coals of fire. 


Kathy Galloway, from Lent and Easter Readings from Iona, Neil Paynter (Ed.), Wild Goose Publications 


Book available here.


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